I’ve often said the best people on the internet are bloggers. They are the most kind , loving, giving people you’ll ever meet. Dan and Scott from Platter Talk are definitely top of the line and the best friends you could ever have. Their blog is filled with delicious creations that I marvel and desperately want to bake and cook. This is but one sampling of what you’ll find when you visit Platter Talk, I loved this cake the minute I saw it and am so happy that they have shared it here for you. Enjoy !
There’s no denying that it’s time to start seriously thinking ‘pumpkin.‘ Halloween is still a few weeks away but suddenly there are gourds and pumpkins popping up all over the place. Speaking of pumpkins, one of them ended up in the most unexpected places the other day – in my slow cooker. When it came out, it looked liked this..
I realize this photo is only one-dimensional but even those of us with the slightest of imaginations are pretty apt to discern that the cake depicted in this single dimension has an appeal that covers all bases. And all dimensions.
Let’s talk about cost. Some flour, a can of packed pumpkin, some eggs and sugar and a little butter. That’s pretty much it, none of those things are going to break the bank, I’m betting. This entire recipe, with the cost of the caramel topping, is probably in the $5 to $8 range. Don’t care for caramel? How about a little whipped cream? Ice cream? Plain? Nothing wrong with that option either.
Now, let’s move on to another very important dimension of cooking: Ease. This cake consists of only a few ingredients. They are simply mixed together in a bowl and then scrapped into an awaiting slow cooker. Not a baker? Who cares?! Easy and no baking skill required. Check.
Now for one of the most critical dimensions of any food: Taste. Even when this one was “cooking” in the crock pot I had a very good idea what this was going to to do my taste buds. Read: Go wild!
In conclusion, this pumpkin treat pretty much has it all. It’s affordable, it’s extremely easy to prepare, and it is scary delicious. It is the perfect fall dessert for guests or family, for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any holiday.
If you were like me and thought that crock pots were just for making dinner and meals for the family while you are spending your entire day doing something else, I say, “Think again.” This pumpkin cake is a slow cooker wonder. Not only has it completely satiated my sweet tooth, it has also sparked a determination within me to find more great desserts that can be made in a slow cooker. Please, give this one a taste.
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Slow Cooker Sticky Caramel Pumpkin Cake
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter softened
- 4 eggs at room temperature
- 1 can solid-pack pumpkin 15 oz
- 1 jar caramel sauce or ice cream topping 16 oz
- Coat 4 1/2 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray, turn to "high."
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in mixing bowl.
- Beat sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer for about 3 minutes, until light.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one.
- Add packed pumpkin, blend until well mixed.
- Gradually add flour mixture and beat at low speed for a minute or so until smooth.
- Spread evenly in slow cooker and cover.
- Cook on high setting 2 hours or until center-inserted tooth pick comes out clean.
- Let cake stand, uncovered 10 minutes.
- Invert onto wire rack, invert again onto serving plate.
- Drizzle half of caramel sauce over cake. Serve warm with additional sauce.
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Thanks so much for the kind words, Bunny. We feel exactly the same way about you. I’m happy you like this recipe, and I have to say it’s almost magical to me – how something this wonderful (and easy) can come from a slow cooker. We are so happy to have you share this one with your readers.
Wow — this cake looks fabulous and so moist, too! However, can this be made in a 6 quart Slow Cooker, instead of a 4 1/2 quart Slow Cooker? Thanks!
For sure! The cake will be a bit wider and not as deep and so cooking time will be decreased. Check it with a tooth pic, and let us know how it turns out. Thank for the great question.
I made this cake today & the result was great. The cook time was spot-on, the cake moist & it easily slid from my crockpot. I had a choice when it came to the sauce. Here in Iceland, you can use a caramel sauce that’s very thick (almost gummy IMO). Or you can use a caramel sauce that’s more syrup in texture. I wanted something that resembled a light glaze, so I opted for the latter. Now I just have 1 question. Can most cakes make the transition from oven-to-crockpot or is there a specific criteria for that? Thx for sharing this recipe w/us. 🙂
Hi Mary Pat, this is just my opinion but I don’t think you can make all cakes in the crock pot . My reasoning being , if you could we’d see alot more recipes for them. I’ve searched quite a bit trying to find more cake recipes made in the crock pot and have only found a few. As you thought, there must be a criteria for them to be made in the crock pot. I’m so happy you enjoyed this one!
I don’t have a crockpot..could I bake this in the oven? If so, how long?
Hi cindi! I asked Dan at Platter Talk to answer that question because it was his recipe. His answer was this… I would guess between 30 and 45 mins at 350 depending on thickness. But it’s intended to be made in a slow cooker so hard to say.